Is Tucker Carlson Hinting at a Presidential Bid for 2024?
After a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, many have began to speculate that Tucker Carlson is flirting with a presidential bid for 2024...
Unless you’ve been under a rock for a good while, you know who Tucker Carlson is. The Fox News host has built a massive following pushing very controversial news and sparking culture wars. Today was a bit different, he hinted at the idea of a presidential run in his speech to a Christian conservative voter meeting in Iowa.
Tucker Carlson took advantage of the event to blast transgender athletes, high gas prices, bashing the January 6th situation, and eventually turning to attack corporate America. His speech focused heavily on the typical issues expressed by any Republican to engage voters this year. However, Tucker Carlson switch to the tactic of telling of his many Iowa trips. He said, “I think I’ve done the full Grassley.” As he referred to Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa who made his rounds in Iowa while campaigning - literally visited 99 of the state’s counties.
His speech also had a slight focus on foreign policy. More specifically, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, an issue in which Tucker Carlson has taken some heat for his comments.
“I’m not a Putin defender, despite what you may have heard, because he’s not the president of my country. And what he does in Ukraine, while I think is historically significant — certainly significant to Ukrainians — is not more significant to me than the cost of gas.”
Tucker Carlson said.
Many conservatives have voiced their support of a Tucker Carlson push for the presidential ticket. For example, in 2020, New York donors roused speculation of the idea of supporting a Tucker Carlson run for president. Tucker Carlson has however always attempted to push away the idea of a presidential run. When asked about it, he laughed and said “I’m not running.”
“Nobody on either side has an ironclad claim to the nomination.”
Tucker Carlson said regarding Biden and Trump.
He continued on with criticism of conservatives valuing mainstream media, specifically Nikki Haley, the former United Nations Ambassador. “I’ve always liked Nikki Haley, I would tell it to her face, ‘I like you, I don’t want you in charge of anything.’ Because the second things get intense ... I want a leader who can still think clearly,” he said.
Schweppe has said that Tucker Carlson has a powerful position on the right and will have to decide whether or not to jump in the race. Albeit, his speech does come at a key moment in the lead-up to 2024 with midterms just around the corner, Donald Trump confirming plans to run, and Ron DeSantis juggling the idea of a presidential bid.